Professor of Politics, Amaney Jamal, Named Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Amaney Jamal, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, has been named dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Her appointment is effective September 1, 2021. Jamal serves on the Editorial Board for the American Political Science Review (2020 – 2024). She also served as an APSA Council Member (2016).

Amaney Jamal

Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University

by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications, Princeton University

Amaney Jamal is a longtime Princeton faculty member, whose research and teaching focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, political development and democratization, inequality and economic segregation, Muslim immigration in the United States and Europe, and issues related to gender, race, religion and class.

She has served in numerous leadership roles on campus, including as chair of the Department of Politics Ad-Hoc Committee on Race and Diversity and as a member of the Dean of the Faculty Committee on Diversity. Jamal also directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development and the Bobst-American University of Beirut Collaborative Initiative.

Among her many awards and fellowships, Jamal was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020, received the distinguished Kuwait Prize for the field of economics and social science in 2019, and was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2005.

“Amaney Jamal is a brilliant political scientist, a superb University citizen and a leader respected by her peers,” President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. “As the Director of the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and throughout her distinguished career, she has produced and supported high quality scholarship that tackles pressing issues in public and international affairs from a variety of perspectives. I am delighted that she has agreed to be our next dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.”

Jamal said it is an “immense honor and privilege” to be selected as SPIA’s next dean.

“As dean, I will dedicate my efforts to preserve SPIA’s solid and impressive record in attracting and retaining the world’s finest faculty. Academic excellence is a core pillar of the school and I will ensure its reinforcement and strengthening during my tenure,” she said. “I will also focus my efforts on three primary goals: diversification, internationalization and the augmentation of the school’s policy‐making training.

SPIA is a world-class center of advanced training and research in public and international affairs for undergraduate and graduate students. Its graduates include leaders in domestic and international government positions as well as leaders of private, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.

“Training the next generation of policy experts is the foundational goal of the school,” Jamal said. “This goal requires both a commitment to academic excellence and applied state-of-the-art policy training. To further the mission of SPIA as an institution dedicated to solving the world’s problems, I am committed to supporting evidence‐based research, the development of professional and practitioner skills and strategies, the augmentation of domestic and international policy networks, and ensuring that each and every student has the chance to participate in experience‐based policy learning and training opportunities.”

Read the full announcement from Princeton University here.

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